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Yuka Saito, Meng Ling Moi, Nozomi Takeshita, Chang-Kweng Lim, Hajime Shiba, Kuniaki Hosono, Masayuki Saijo, Ichiro Kurane, Tomohiko Takasaki
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) and Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) belong to the genus Flavivirus, and infection with a virus within this genus induces antibodies that are cross-reactive to other flaviviruses. Particularly in DENV infection, antibodies to DENV possess two competing activities: neutralizing activity and infection-enhancing activity. These antibody activities are considered central in modulating clinical outcomes of DENV infection. Here, we determined the neutralizing and infection-enhancing activity of DENV cross-reactive antibodies in adults before and after JE vaccination...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Ziyang Sheng, Na Gao, Xiaoyun Cui, Dongying Fan, Hui Chen, Na Wu, Jianchun Wei, Jing An
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a pathogenic cause of Japanese Encephalitis (JE), which is a zoonotic disease transmitted by mosquitoes and amplified by pigs. Infection of JEV may lead to severe neurological sequelae, even death in humans and reproductive disorders in pigs. Vaccination is the only way to control JEV infection in humans. For pigs play important role in the JEV transmission cycle, developing a new veterinary vaccine is considered as a useful strategy for cutting off the transmission route of JEV...
October 12, 2016: Vaccine
Xiaohui Geng, Fanglin Zhang, Qiang Gao, Yingfeng Lei
A sensitive and disposable electrochemical impedance biosensor to detect Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) was developed based on a gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE). A biosensor was fabricated through covalent grafting of a mixed self-assembled monolayer on AuNPs with a specific antibody. To detect JEV and achieve signal amplification, the horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labeled second antibody was linked to the biosensor through a sandwich immunity reaction. HRP was used to catalyze 4-chloro-1-naphthol oxidation to produce an insoluble precipitate, which introduced a barrier to electron transfer on the electrode...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Yan-Jang S Huang, Susan M Hettenbach, So Lee Park, Stephen Higgs, Alan D T Barrett, Wei-Wen Hsu, Julie N Harbin, Lee W Cohnstaedt, Dana L Vanlandingham
During the last 20 years, the epidemiology of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) has changed significantly in its endemic regions due to the gradual displacement of the previously dominant genotype III (GIII) with clade b of GI (GI-b). Whilst there is only limited genetic difference distinguishing the two GI clades (GI-a and GI-b), GI-b has shown a significantly wider and more rapid dispersal pattern in several regions in Asia than the GI-a clade, which remains restricted in its geographic distribution since its emergence...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Wenjuan Li, Peng Cheng, Shangdan Nie, Wen Cui
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is one of the most severe viral infections of the central nervous system. No effective treatment for JE currently exists, because its pathogenesis remains largely unknown. The present study was designed to screen the potential microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in JE. Glioblastoma cells were collected, after being infected with the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). Total miRNAs were extracted and analyzed using an miRNA chip. One of the most severely affected miRNAs was selected, and the role of miR-370 in JEV infection was investigated...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Jing Ye, Hao Zhang, Wen He, Bibo Zhu, Dengyuan Zhou, Zheng Chen, Usama Ashraf, Yanming Wei, Ziduo Liu, Zhen F Fu, Huanchun Chen, Shengbo Cao
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of epidemic encephalitis worldwide. The pathogenesis of JEV is linked to a robust inflammatory response in the central nervous system (CNS). Glial cells are the resident immune cells in the CNS and represent critical effectors of CNS inflammation. To obtain a global overview of signaling events in glial cells during JEV infection, we conducted phosphoproteomics profiling of a JEV-infected glial cell line. We identified 1816 phosphopeptides, corresponding to 1264 proteins, that exhibited a change in phosphorylation status upon JEV infection...
October 4, 2016: Science Signaling
A De, K Maity, Soovoojeet Jana, M Maiti
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a public health problem that threats the entire world today. Japanese Encephalitis virus (JEV) mostly became a threat due to the significant number of increase of susceptible mosquito vectors and vertebrate hosts in Asia by which around 70,000 cases and 10,000 deaths per year took place in children below 15 years of age. In this paper, a mathematical model of JE due to JEV from the vector source (infected mosquito) and two vertebrate hosts (infected human and infected pig) is formulated...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
Thekkinghat Anantharaman Arvind, Pundi N Rangarajan
Mouse Apolipoprotein L9 (ApoL9) is an understudied cytoplasmic, interferon-inducible protein. The details of its intracellular localization and normal cellular functions are unclear. We report here that ApoL9 localizes to small puncta diffusely distributed in the cytoplasm, as well as to larger granules of varying size and number that are similar to aggresome-like induced structures (ALIS) and contain the autophagy receptor Sqstm1/p62, the autophagosome marker Lc3, and ubiquitin. Transfection of B16F10 mouse melanoma cells stably expressing ApoL9 (B16F10(L9)) with certain liposome-based transfection reagents causes dramatic disturbances in its subcellular distribution...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jin'e Fang, Huan Li, Dexin Kong, Shengbo Cao, Guiqing Peng, Rui Zhou, Huanchun Chen, Yunfeng Song
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a flavivirus that threatens more than half of the world's population. Vaccination can prevent the disease, but no specific antiviral drug is yet available for clinical therapy, and the death rate caused by JEV can reach as high as 60%. The C-terminus of non-structural protein 3 (NS3) of flavivirus encodes helicase and has been identified as a potential drug target. In this study, high throughput molecular docking was employed to identify candidate JEV NS3 helicase inhibitors in a commercial library containing 250,000 compounds...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wenchun Fan, Mengge Wu, Suhong Qian, Yun Zhou, Huanchun Chen, Xiangmin Li, Ping Qian
The members of tripartite-motif containing (TRIM) protein participate in various cellular processes and play an important role in host antiviral function. TRIM proteins exert their antiviral activity either directly by degrading viral proteins through their E3 ligase activity, or indirectly by promoting host innate immunity. This study demonstrated for the first time that TRIM52 is a novel antiviral TRIM protein against Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection. Overexpression of TRIM52 restricted JEV replication in BHK-21 and 293T cells...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hao Zheng, Xuchen Zheng, Wu Tong, Fei Liu, Chao Liang, Tao Wang, Fei Gao, Liwei Li, Tongling Shan, Guoxin Li, Guangzhi Tong
Flavivirus cDNA clones frequently demonstrate genetic instability in transformed bacteria, which hampers the construction and manipulation of cDNAs for infectious flaviviruses. In this study, we developed a stable, full-length cDNA clone, pJEHEN, of a GI JEV strain HEN0701 using a medium-copy-number pBR322 vector and propagating cDNA clones at room temperature. The virus vJEHEN recovered from the infectious clone was indistinguishable from the parent virus HEN0701 with respect to plaque morphology, growth kinetics, and virulence characteristics...
September 24, 2016: Virus Genes
Semmannan Kalaiyarasu, Niranjan Mishra, Rohit Kumar Khetan, Vijendra Pal Singh
Birds can act as reservoirs of West Nile virus (WNV) with a key role in its epidemiology. WNV lineage 1 associated fatal cases of human encephalitis in 2011 and acute flaccid paralysis in 2013 were reported in Alappuzha district, Kerala, India. But no information is available on WNV circulation in domestic ducks, which are abundant, cohabit with humans and occupy wetlands and water bodies in the region. To determine the extent of WNV infection, we investigated 209 sera, 250 oral and 350 cloacal swab samples from local Chara and Chemballi domestic ducks (Anas platyrhynchos var domesticus) in the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kollam and Pathanamthitta collected during January and March 2015...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Jin Hyoung Kim, Ferdaus Mohd Altaf Hossain, Ajit Mahadev Patil, Jin Young Choi, Seong Bum Kim, Erdenebelig Uyangaa, Sang-Youel Park, John-Hwa Lee, Bumseok Kim, Koanhoi Kim, Seong Kug Eo
Japanese encephalitis (JE), characterized by extensive neuroinflammation following infection with neurotropic JE virus (JEV), is becoming a leading cause of viral encephalitis due to rapid changes in climate and demography. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays an important role in restricting neuroinvasion of peripheral leukocytes and virus, thereby regulating the progression of viral encephalitis. In this study, we explored the role of CD11c(hi) dendritic cells (DCs) in regulating BBB integrity and JE progression using a conditional depletion model of CD11c(hi) DCs...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
N B Cleton, K van Maanen, S A Bergervoet, N Bon, C Beck, G-J Godeke, S Lecollinet, R Bowen, D Lelli, N Nowotny, M P G Koopmans, C B E M Reusken
The genus Flavivirus in the family Flaviviridae includes some of the most important examples of emerging zoonotic arboviruses that are rapidly spreading across the globe. Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), West Nile virus (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) and Usutu virus (USUV) are mosquito-borne members of the JEV serological group. Although most infections in humans are asymptomatic or present with mild flu-like symptoms, clinical manifestations of JEV, WNV, SLEV, USUV and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) can include severe neurological disease and death...
September 15, 2016: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Takafumi Tasaki, Souichi Nukuzuma, Tsutomu Takegami
We investigated the role of the autophagy adaptor protein p62/SQSTM1 in Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) replication in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Compared with the wild-type cells, JEV RNA and the E protein levels were significantly decreased in p62-deficient cells at 24 hr post infection (p.i.). JEV RNA quantitation and the viral plaque assay were performed and showed a significant reduction in the viral titer in the p62-deficient cell culture fluid. Our results indicate that JEV replication is impaired in p62-deficient MEFs...
September 14, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Lei Yuan, Rui Wu, Hanyang Liu, Xintian Wen, Xiaobo Huang, Yiping Wen, Xiaoping Ma, Qigui Yan, Yong Huang, Qin Zhao, Sanjie Cao
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that can cause acute encephalitis with a high fatality rate. RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful tool to silence gene expression and a potential therapy for virus infection. In this study, the antiviral ability of eight shRNA expression plasmids targeting different sites of the NS3 and NS4A genes of JEV was determined in BHK21 cells and mice. The pGP-NS3-3 and pGP-NS4A-4 suppressed 93.9% and 82.0% of JEV mRNA in cells, respectively. The virus titer in cells was reduced approximately 950-fold by pretreating with pGP-NS3-4, and 640-fold by pretreating with pGP-NS4A-4...
December 15, 2016: Gene
Caishuang Liang, Huan Wang, Kui He, Chunyan Chen, Xiaoming Chen, Hang Gong, Changqun Cai
Major stumbling blocks in the recognition and detection of virus are the unstable biological recognition element or the complex detection means. Here a fluorescent sensor based on virus-molecular imprinted polymers (virus-MIPs) was designed for specific recognition and highly sensitive detection of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). The virus-MIPs were anchored on the surface of silica microspheres modified by fluorescent dye, pyrene-1-carboxaldehyde (PC). The fluorescence intensity of PC can be enhanced by the principle of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), where virus acted as energy donor and PC acted as energy acceptor...
November 1, 2016: Talanta
Manuela Sironi, Diego Forni, Mario Clerici, Rachele Cagliani
The Flavivirus genus comprises several human pathogens such as dengue virus (DENV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), and Zika virus (ZIKV). Although ZIKV usually causes mild symptoms, growing evidence is linking it to congenital birth defects and to increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. ZIKV encodes a polyprotein that is processed to produce three structural and seven nonstructural (NS) proteins. We investigated the evolution of the viral polyprotein in ZIKV and in related flaviviruses (DENV, Spondweni virus, and Kedougou virus)...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Sourish Ghosh, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Arunava Roy, Dhritiman Dey, Surajit Chakraborty, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Arpan Banerjee, Anirban Basu
Network analysis through graph theory provides a quantitative approach to characterize specific proteins and their constituent assemblies that underlie host-pathogen interactions. In the present study, graph theory was used to analyze the interactome designed out of 50 differentially expressing proteins from proteomic analysis of Chandipura Virus (CHPV, Family: Rhabdoviridae) infected mouse brain tissue to identify the primary candidates for intervention. Using the measure of degree centrality, that quantifies the connectedness of a single protein within a milieu of several other interacting proteins, DJ-1 was selected for further molecular validation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shaobo Wang, Haibin Liu, Xiangyang Zu, Yang Liu, Liman Chen, Xueqin Zhu, Leike Zhang, Zheng Zhou, Gengfu Xiao, Wei Wang
The host-virus interaction during the cellular entry of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is poorly characterized. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), the major intracellular proteolytic pathway, mediates diverse cellular processes, including endocytosis and signal transduction, which may be involved in the entry of virus. Here, we showed that the proteasome inhibitors, MG132 and lactacystin, impaired the productive entry of JEV by effectively interfering with viral intracellular trafficking at the stage between crossing cell membrane and the initial translation of the viral genome after uncoating...
November 2016: Virology
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